West Caister boy, 7, has first ever haircut in name of charity

Seven-year-old James Doyle pictured with his sister Lucy, aged eight, is raising money for three cha

Seven-year-old James Doyle pictured with his sister Lucy, aged eight, is raising money for three charities by having his long locks chopped as well as donating the hair itself. - Credit: Archant

A caring little boy with long blond hair has the best of inspirations as he prepares for his first proper hair cut - and is donating his cherished locks to charity.

Seven year old James Doyle is having his first proper hair cut and donating his tresses to make wigs

Seven year old James Doyle is having his first proper hair cut and donating his tresses to make wigs for children with cancer. - Credit: Archant

Seven-year-old James Doyle, of West Caister, is raising money for a trio of charities and giving away his 8ins long waves to make wigs for children with cancer.

His mother, Christina Doyle, said that after standing firm against the temptation to trim for the last two years, the Ormesby Village Infant School pupil found the idea of losing his tresses for charity more palatable - especially since his grandfather was terminally ill with cancer.

Although she had made efforts to persuade him to face the scissors in the past Mrs Doyle, 36, decided that if she was going to pick a battle this wasn't going to be one of them and waited until he came round to the idea himself.

However, because hair has to be braided before being cut, the wary youngster has banned any pictures of him with a plait as the obligatory before and after pictures are recorded on camera.

Already the family, including delivery driver dad Philip and sister Lucy, aged eight, have collected £450.

Proceeds will be split between the Leah Wilby Foundation, East Coast Hospice and Macmillan Nurses - all are causes that are close to James's heart.

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The generous lad had already donated toys to the hospice charity and was familiar with Leah's tragic story through his mother who works at the James Paget Hospital with Leah's mum Debbie Wilby.

Mrs Doyle, said that now James was growing up a little bit and his grandad had prostate cancer she thought it would be nice to have his hair cut and rather than just sweep up the clippings and throwing them away to do something more poignant with them.

Having overcome his reluctance James was now looking forward to his first proper hair cut which will take place at Fusion in Gorleston in the next few weeks.

The hair will be donated to The Little Princess Trust which makes quality real hair wigs for children with cancer who as well as dealing with the impact of cancer have to cope with the difference the disease and treatment makes to their looks.

To donate search 'need a trim Jim' on Facebook or find the Paypal page of the same name.